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Earnings season really starts heating up this week with the first of the “FANG” stocks to report, plenty of Dow Industrial components, and a lot of banks.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of companies reporting, but never fear. Tracey has gone through the charts and picked out only the best so you don’t have to.

Despite the common wisdom that companies can “massage” the number and beat the analysts’ estimate whenever they like, it’s not easy to beat the consensus every quarter for years. Business conditions, and the economy, will likely change during that time period.

But these companies make it look easy. Additionally, long-term shareholders have been rewarded as these shares are trading at or near 5-year highs.

Will these companies be able to do it again this quarter?

5 of the Top Earnings Charts This Week

1.    Visa (V - Free Report) is a beast. It has one of the best charts on the Street and it has one of the best earnings records, with no misses in over 5 years. Impressive.

2.    General Electric (GE - Free Report) isn’t an investor favorite, as its chart is really choppy, but it has a great track record. It hasn’t missed in 5 years.

3.    Honeywell (HON - Free Report) has a spectacular chart. Who knew that an old-line industrial would outperform many of the younger, and hipper, companies?

4.    Stanley Black & Decker (SWK - Free Report) had a couple of misses back in 2012 but that was nearly 5 years ago. Since then, it’s had a perfect record of beating.

5.    Manpower Group (MAN - Free Report) hasn’t missed in 5 years either but will the French elections stir up trouble this quarter? A large percentage of its business is in France.

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